Teatime with mom at Shelburne Historical Society

  • Curator Reba-Jean Shaw-Pichette serves traditional English tea at the Mother’s Day tea party held Sunday at the Shelburne Historical Society Library and Museum. STAFF PHOTO/MELINA BOURDEAU

  • Mother Joyce Browning and daughter Kara Bohonowicz wore matching outfits to the tea party at the Shelburne Historical Society Library and Museum. STAFF PHOTO/MELINA BOURDEAU

  • Lela Radysh Robinson, her mother, Mia Radysh, and grandmother Elisabeth Radysh wore vintage hats to the Shelburne Historical Society’s tea party on Sunday. STAFF PHOTO/MELINA BOURDEAU

  • Alexis Arcaro, Anna Meyer, Odette Meyer-Adams, Florence Meleo-Meyer attend the tea party at the Shelburne Historical Society Museum and Library to celebrate Mother’s Day together. The hats they wore were Meleo-Meyer’s mother’s hats.  STAFF PHOTO/MELINA BOURDEAU

  • Piper Pichette and Mona Seno played harp music throughout the tea party. STAFF PHOTO/MELINA BOURDEAU

  • Martha McCutchen, Lilth Paulson and Deb McCutchen came to the Shelburne Historical Society Museum and Library to celebrate Mother’s Day. The three said they haven’t celebrated together in some time and thought having a cup of tea together would be a proper way to do so, according to Deb McCutchen. STAFF PHOTO/MELINA BOURDEAU

Staff writer
Published: 5/13/2019 6:46:53 AM

SHELBURNE – With teacups and dainties, families celebrated maternal figures at the first tea party at the Shelburne Historical Society Library and Museum.

Museum curator Reba-Jean Shaw-Pichette said she came up with the idea of having the traditional English tea party not only to have a monthly program but as a way of honoring the town’s history.

“We used to have the Sweetheart Teahouse, which was started by Alice Brown, and used to be huge during the motoring days,” Shaw-Pichette said. “I also used to run a bed and breakfast, so I like tea parties. It also happened to be perfect for Mother’s Day.”

Shaw-Pichette said it was nice to see women and their children come to celebrate. Her own daughter, Piper Pichette, came to the event as well to provide harp music throughout the afternoon.

Throughout the afternoon, women with their families or friends would come in, have a cup of tea and look at the museum.

Mother and daughter, Joyce Browning and Kara Bohonowicz, of Shelburne, wore matching outfits and hats to the event.

“It’s relaxing to sit and have tea,” Browning said.

“Then after this, we’re going to watch (my daughter play in) an ultimate Frisbee match,” Bohonowicz said. “So we’ll be screaming and cheering.”

Turners Falls resident Betty Tegel said she’s a strong supporter of local functions as a historian herself.

“To have tea in a functional historical society museum is so educational for people,” Tegel said. “More than it would be at a restaurant, for example. There’s a social conversation started that couldn’t happen anywhere else. People are walking out of here with something special and a cup of tea.”

Buckland resident Stacy Kontrabecki and her family went to the event to show her mother-in-law the area.

“I’m also a history buff, but we’re still showing my mother-in-law around,” Kontrabecki said. “It’s close to home and there are lots of ephemera to see here.”

Reach Melina Bourdeau at mbourdeau@recorder.com or 413-772-0261 ext. 263.




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